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Explosion Hits Cape Town

August 29, 2000

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) _ An explosion went off Tuesday afternoon near the U.S. Consulate in the center of Cape Town, according to police and media reports.

``The U.S. Consulate’s operations were not affected,″ said Brian Penn, spokesman for the consulate.

The explosion’s exact location and nature were unclear, police said. The target of the blast was also not known. Cape Town has been the target of numerous bomb attacks in the past two years.

The attacks have killed two people and injured at least 100 since June 1998. Police have blamed a Muslim vigilante group called People Against Gangsterism and Drugs for some of the explosions.

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